Public programming at the Center draws on the diverse and rich resources of Reid Hall, the Columbia Campus, Global Centers network, Paris, and Europe, at large, to create a productive space of intellectual exploration and inquiry. The programming staff seek to foster a “third space” of encounter, one that resists easy categorization, and seize on the freedom such a space offers by bringing together a diverse audience to address urgent, contemporary global issues through creative, intellectually enriching, rigorous, and open dialogue. The Center strives to attract & activate an audience comprised of engaged individuals who seek intellectual challenges. The Center is especially interested in attracting students, young scholars and budding creators, both as program participants and as members of the public. In addition to continuing the legacy of the World Writers’ Festival, the Paris Center organizes its programming around several rubrics and themes including:
In February, the Paris Center hosted two conferences that charted the complex, under-explored world of bioethics in relation to US policy, professional practice, law, and designer babies.
For people leaving the Mediterranean, the likelihood of dying is now much higher than what it was in 2016. This is according to the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center, Craig Spencer, MD. Spencer, coordinated Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak and has provided medical care onboard a MSF medical search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean.
The Paris Center welcomed acclaimed author Maryse Condé, recipient of the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature, for a day-long celebration of her work and legacy.
State of Grace Rencontre 2016: Bernard Plattner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop & Philip Wilson, SPATIALE ingénierie
"Des poupées noires, culture matérielle, représentations et résistances africaines-américaines (1840-1940)"
Sacred Mountains. Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area: An Audiovisual Journey
Revealing the Offshore World: How Researchers Investigate Shell Companies, International Wealth Managers and Transnational Informal Economies
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